Hotel Experiences?

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I'm looking at the clarion and the hilton for hotels this year. Anyone with opinions and experiences with either of those hotels?

Also might be a good thread for general hotel discussion.
Edited by Omnomnomnom on 2/20/2013 3:05 PM PST
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Hilton is the place to be, at least it seems. I enjoyed it immensely in 2011, I was even lucky enough to ride the elevator on Sunday morning with Mike Morhaime... boy he was looking haggard too.
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02/21/2013 06:59 AMPosted by Stone
Hilton is the place to be, at least it seems. I enjoyed it immensely in 2011, I was even lucky enough to ride the elevator on Sunday morning with Mike Morhaime... boy he was looking haggard too.


Hilton ruined the party for everyone last year, why would you be willing to give them your money this year? Different experiences for different people I guess.
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The Hilton is indeed where you will have the best Blizzard bigwig sightings, it's where a lot of the hanging out and partying happens, and it's the closest to the convention center by far.

Buuuuuuuuuuuut I think staying there is overrated because those perks barely matter and the price is a lot higher than any of the surrounding hotels. You don't need to be staying at the Hilton to run into Blizzard folks. Anyone can hang out in the hotel and the chances of seeing a Blizzard employee in your personal room is a *tad* low; I believe that 100% of sightings occur in public areas. You also don't need to be staying at the Hilton to party there. Anyone can hang out in the public areas. The distance is the only real perk since the Hilton is about 50 feet away from the convention center. That being said, the Anaheim Marriott is only about 150 feet away, the Doubletree and the Clarion are just a stones throw past that, and the Anabella is around the corner.

There are some negatives for the Hilton, too. It's a heck of a lot more expensive, the room bathrooms have some weird sliding door that doesn't lock and has a hefty gap all the way around (so it's not the best if you're sharing a room with friends, especially if they're prone to sneaking peeks at you while you're pooping), and it's really noisy (like, a steady roar of voices from the hallway until midnight-ish, then random loud groups of people every so often throughout the rest of the night).

Personal experience at the Hilton has been pretty poor. It's a long story, but it boils down to the Hilton taking advantage of groups of gamers, harassing people on their floors if they didn't have their keycard handy, and harassing guests of people staying at the hotel so it was impossible to visit your friends. It was closer to being treated like inmates rather than paying customers.
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I would encourage people to NOT stay at the Hilton. You pay a premium for lackluster quality. Also, the way the party was handled last year with the bait and switch means the Hilton will not be getting any more of my money. Marriott all the way!
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I stayed at the Clarion in 2011. It's not awful or anything, but there is a reason it's the cheapest. Very average hotel room - nothing special. My window view was of a roof with some dirty underwear and garbage strewn about :P Cable was also lousy (full of static). And the wall outlets sucked - they didn't grip the plugs at all so they would constantly fall out unless I propped stuff up underneath :(

On the plus side, there was a mini-fridge which was very handy for snacks and sodas. There is a 7-11 across the street from the convention plaza area where I grabbed some stuff. Was great for some caffeine and/or breakfast in the morning if I didn't want to go to a crowded restaurant (i.e. I ate some fig newtons while waiting in line for Blizzcon to open rather than wasting an hour at some restaurant and ending up way at the back of the line :P)

But overall, I mean, there was nothing particular horrible about the place. If you want to save some money and aren't too picky, there's no real reason not to stay there. I opted for Marriott this year though - figured it would be worth it to pay a bit more to stay in a little nicer place.
Edited by Melynda on 2/21/2013 11:56 AM PST
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I've stayed at both the Marriott and the Hilton. I won't be staying at the Hilton ever again, read what Bul mentioned and that pretty much sums up my feelings as well.

The Marriott is a VERY nice room for cheaper (Except from what I hear now the place is sold out already for $129 rooms, so. :-(). I found the Marriott to be quieter, and I ran into Blizzcon folks at both hotels. All around the Con you'll just randomly see groups of people, and 90% of the time they are Con-goers. I know I met Metzen for the first time when he was outside the Con taking a smoke. The GMs do NOT hide. They enjoy mingling with their fans, (Metzen I think a little too much... :-P), and they are quite easy to just go up and talk to.

Also, a story from last year. I went up to the Hilton kiosk and asked for two screwdrivers (easiest drink to make ever..right? Vodka + OJ? Wrong. I dunno what the hell the lady put in it, but it tasted like crap. I should've watched her make it, but I figured everyone knows what's in a screwdriver.

Anyways, TLDR; MARRIOTT.
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I stayed at the Marriott back in 09, it wasn't bad. Stayed at the Eden Roc one year, that place was horrible. I seriously thought someone was going to break in and kill me because of the way this. You'd swear you were staying in the slums. I shall be staying at the Grand Californian again this year...soooo much nicer, I'll get a Grand Villa because we have 8-10 people and this way we'll have a pool table to stay entertained at night and can cook meals in the room.
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I've stayed at the Hilton and the Anabella and can say I preferred the latter (irrelevant of Hilton's shady dealings on the after party). It was a short walk away from the convention center, so if that's an issue I'd steer away, but the pricing was decent, the hotel itself was really nice and boutique-like, and generally a cool place to hang out with all its foliage and patios. The Wowhead party was also located there last year, though it could easily change.
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The sliding bathroom doors at the Hilton bugged the hell out of me.
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84 Night Elf Hunter
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I stayed at the Anabella (B+), Hilton (B-), Marriott (A-), Double-Tree (A-), Best Western: Stovall's Inn (B+) from year to year. All are good in their own ways, but I didn't like the noise in the hallways at the Hilton. I'm a light-sleeper and it really screwed up my sleep =( I was so tired that year, I had to catch a piggy-back ride from a stranger back to my hotel room... I felt so bad and was so embarrassed.
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It really comes down to what you want.

Do you want to be able to pee out your window onto the people inline for the convention?
--- Your hotel is the Hilton

Do you want to feel like you are almost as close as the Hilton the the convention center?
--- Your hotel is the Marriott

Do you want to stay at what feels more like a quality boutique hotel that for the past two conventions has hosted the wow insider (2010) and the wow insider / wowhead (2011) parties (note, this may or may not be the case in 2013 as the parties have yet to be announced)?
--- Your hotel is the Anabella

Do you want to be close, but not pay the premium prices or worry about getting roomies to split the expense?
--- Your hotel could be the Marriott Courtyard or the Clarion which are both 10 minute walks at most, or any of a large number of other hotels only slightly further away (i.e. Disneyland)

It really comes down to what do you want, convenience, quality, or cheap. All can be had within a short walking distance of the convention center.
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02/21/2013 08:08 AMPosted by Bulreporting
the chances of seeing a Blizzard employee in your personal room is a *tad* low;


You might get to see a few passed out in public bathrooms though. Or throwing up outside of IHop. ;)
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Do you want to stay at what feels more like a quality boutique hotel that for the past two conventions has hosted the wow insider (2010) and the wow insider / wowhead (2011) parties (note, this may or may not be the case in 2013 as the parties have yet to be announced)?
--- Your hotel is the Anabella


Annabella also offers close access to your car. I go in costume, so having my car parked ten feet from my hotel room door helped a lot the morning of the con when I realized I left costume bits in the trunk. They also let me leave my car there all day the day I checked out so I didn't have to move it and pay for convention parking.
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02/26/2013 09:51 AMPosted by Araina
the chances of seeing a Blizzard employee in your personal room is a *tad* low;


You might get to see a few passed out in public bathrooms though. Or throwing up outside of IHop. ;)


PSH! You, ma'am, are a liar! That totally does not happen. Especially not three cons in a row. Nope nope.
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Pro about the Hilton is (as mentioned) its close, the elevators are roomy (we have stuffed 2 trolls, a boomkin and a mail box and 3 innocent bystanders inside). it's really great for anyone cosplaying a large costume and you don't want to drag your tired carcass any further than you have to.
Hilton also has a lot of restaurants and a Starbucks inside....BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, you don't have to have a room booked there to grab a bite.

As far as the rooms go, you don't get much for what you pay for. I've experienced a wonky entrance to the room that seems like a speed bump. Low water pressure in the showers, sliding door of doom for the bathroom, busted coffee makers and a really pissed off staff that doesn't give a flying rats pa-tooty during the convention. It's really expensive and parking is a bit of a nightmare to get in/out of.
Security was terrible about the party in '11 and didn't hesitate to harass anyone near the pool floor/area. If you didn't have a room key or with someone that had a key you were pretty much effed and in a few cases I saw people being escorted out of the Hilton by security.
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I'm good with just being able to see the convention center so I made my reservations at the Desert Palms. Close enough to where I can run across the street stash the swag or catch a power nap. I've cheaped it before and 2 miles from the convention center is not the place to be. As far as the Hilton is concerned, the fiasco with the after party pretty much left me with a bad taste in my mouth for the place.
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I'm personally staying at the Hilton but might change reservations to the Marriott. I just want to be in a Hotel where I'm going to be surrounded by Blizzcon attendees.
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90 Night Elf Druid
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I stay at the Motel6. Its $60ish bucks a night and $5 minute cab ride to the Hilton where the Lobby is on and poppin' every night.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with going on the cheap. You won't be in your room much so it's just a place to grab some sleep and a shower. That area around the convention center is where pretty much everything goes on. I recommend keeping it close as possible. The high dollar places are a little bit cheaper through the blizzard hotel site. For the cheaper 2/3 star places, the travel sites would be fine. I'd still say try to keep it within a mile of the convention center. You want to shower or change for that after party, stash your gear, etc etc. It's easier when you don't have to hail a cab.
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